Press Release Article


Date: Dec 13, 2017
Press Release Number: 227-2017

Port Authority completes project on bridge’s south sidewalk two weeks ahead of schedule, allowing sidewalk to reopen today

The Port Authority announced today the completion of a temporary pedestrian safety fence along the George Washington Bridge’s south sidewalk. The construction project lasted 2½ months and was completed two weeks ahead of schedule, allowing the sidewalk to reopen this morning to pedestrians and cyclists.

With the reopening of the south sidewalk at 6 a.m. this morning, the bridge’s north sidewalk was closed to support the start of major construction work on the Port Authority’s “Restoring the George” program in early 2018. The north sidewalk had been opened since the project began on September 25 as an alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists traveling between New York and New Jersey. When the work began, the Port Authority projected that it would take until the end of the year for workers to install the 11-foot-tall barrier and the netting that sits on top of it.

The “Restoring the George” program includes the replacement of the bridge’s original 592 suspender ropes, and the installation of a permanent 11-foot-high safety fence along both of the bridge’s sidewalks. The permanent sidewalk project contains ramps and ADA access that will provide pedestrians and cyclists with improved access to the bridge’s sidewalk. Once the project work is complete on the north sidewalk area, the southern sidewalk will be closed to perform suspender rope work and installation of permanent fencing on the southern side.

In recent years, the Port Authority has taken several other pedestrian safety measures on the crossing, including increased walking police patrols on the bridge’s sidewalk and the stationing of Emergency Service Units at the crossing. The Port Authority also has partnered with mental health care providers in New York and New Jersey that offer counseling and services to persons experiencing a crisis. The partnership with Care Plus New Jersey and NYCWell resulted in 42 suicide awareness signs which were posted on the north and south sidewalks, along with 1-888-NYC-WELL telephones provided in several locations on the sidewalks.

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